Tambo26's Chicken Coop

By Tambo26 · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Jul 23, 2013 · ·
  1. Tambo26

    Coop Therapy
    I used "The All In One" plan from Chicken Coops for DUMMIES. I am glad for the experience/challenge! I know how to shingle a roof now! I found that using power tools and pounding nails is great stress relief too!
    Here's pictures of the spot I chose for the coop. It's tucked into a spot with my flower garden on two sides.
    Note that the snow is melting!

    [​IMG]This is all four framed up walls propped up together.
    [​IMG]It was about 20 degrees today. When you're having fun you dont feel the cold! (Mainers don't feel the cold anyway [​IMG])
    Don't let the sun fool ya in this one! I had to go around and sit inside the coop every once in awhile to get out of the freezing wind!
    Doing this run was where I first ran into major issues with the DUMMIES plan..... grr.....

    This is April 1. We had a HUGE snowstorm coming as an April Fools prank so I got up at 6am and put the rafters on. And then It started snowing too hard!

    NOW it's starting to look like something good!!!
    I decided to make an addition to the existing run area. More CHA CHING! They are my babies and I want them to be happy and have room to play! Plus, it gave me room to get in there and be with them.
    I didnt add the pictures, but the coop is fully insulated with the pink stuff! THAT was an itchy job! The coop is always 10-12 degrees warmer than the outside air. (I have a wireless thermometer inside the coop). I also have three of those battery operated (AAA battery) push lights stuck to the ceiling of the coop for those early mornings and this time of year.... early nights!

    [​IMG]Since this picture I've added sand to the coop side of the run and 1/2 of the big side of the run. Makes poo cleanup a breeze!
    [​IMG]My girl October. <3 This was the girls first day in the coop! Mommy was very nervous!

    [​IMG][​IMG]This is the most recent addition, the clear roof on the run. It's October and cold Maine weather is on it's way now so I'm starting to put up plastic on the run walls also. I'm going to plastic the whole run area. I bought 6mil transparent for the big run and I'm going to use perfectly clear plastic like you would use for a tablecloth cover for the small coop side of the run so they can see us and we can see them!
    [​IMG]Just ran a medium duty extension cord through a few pieces of conduit so that I can put a water heater and maybe a light (for me) easily for the winter. Buried so that I don't run over it with the snowblower this winter! I joked that I was also running cable tv for the girls! I think people thought I was serious!
    And today 10/03/2011 I got my first big reward! First EGG!!
    his has been a good.... allbeit time consuming project. I've learned a lot about construction, chickens, and how fast you can spend Tmoney.... [​IMG] I never imagined how much joy 3 chickens could bring. People that don't have chickens have no idea! I love my girls!

    I've had the girls since May 2011 now so I can come up with a few things I would change if I were to build this coop again:
    1) I like the size of the coop however, this winter I'm sure I will wish it were big enough for me to get into with them. Bigger coop! I do think this is perfect for three standard size birds though. They perfectly fit on their roost with a little bit of space in between IF they want it. They have enough room in the coop that they dont fight if they are "cooped" up for any length of time. I will say that if I hadn't added the additional run... they wouldnt have enough room.
    2) I banged the top of my head really hard on the run door recently. Taller run and door!
    3) Coop taller off the ground for more easy cleaning of the poo. The space under the coop is where they hang most of the time so thats where most of the poo is.
    4) windows that can open for more ventilation. Oh... and so I can clean them. Mine are fixed and covered with hardware cloth on the inside.... duh. I think next summer I will try and add an insulated window to the door.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. MROO
    "Great Set-up, includes where to get plans"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 22, 2018
    This is a really nice set-up, especially for colder regions. There is a readily available plan source - Chicken Coops for Dummies - so it would be easy to replicate. There is a very good picture of how to run underground conduit for wiring to the coop. The author notes, with good cause, that the extended run is definitely required for enough space. There is a very good "What I would do differently" update where some very good improvements are listed.
    All in all, a very nice little coop and a very helpful article!
  2. rjohns39
    "Nice Coop"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 4, 2018
    Very nicely done. You told me where to find the design and then provided a step by step narrative with photos to follow along. You've done a great job on the coop and with this article.
  3. Cyprus
    "Very quaint little coop"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Jun 29, 2018
    I would expand the run; a run that size won't stay grass for long.


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  1. spicehens
    would love to see up-to-date pix of your henhouse and chucks. My run was lovely 6 months ago, it's a mudbath now and has deep holes where they have tried to escape (I thiink). I have had to buy meadow hay to soak up the water and they started moulting in January, not the best time for it, hope their new feathers grow soon to keep them warm. Your henhouse is amazing, congratulations on its construction, fantastic.
  2. Tambo26
    Oh wow! I haven't been on here to see all these nice comments! Thank you all so much!
  3. spicehens
    Great coop and chickens, I thought it was only me who had spent a fortune on housing 4 chickens but read Fridasmum's post with interest. Am I expecting too much of my girls expecting 4 eggs a day 7 days a week?
  4. LoveChickens123
  5. KathyJB
    Look at you! How awesome you built it all yourself. You did a wonderful job and I loved the picture of you and your girls.
  6. Baymule
    Beautiful coop! isn't it great how 3 little chickies got you to build a coop, use power tools and lug lumber, roof with shingles! You would never have accomplished all those tasks without your girls! Good job!
  7. jab91864
    Awesome job!!!!
  8. BrendaJ
    Very nice. Love the design & your girls look very happy. I have 4 little ladies myself & your right its funny how much joy they bring. I have a copper maran, golden sexlink & 2 white leghorns.
  9. Knock Kneed Hen
    That's a cute coop. You did a fantastic job! Chickens give us so much more than eggs, worth every penny!
  10. smoothmule
    You, sister, are an amazing chicken mamma!
  11. California_chickie
    Super cute! I love the color of the coop & your chickens are adorable :) Great job!
  12. bearchaseranch
    Sounds like Cha Ching in my house. Hah! Great coop design.
  13. Fridasmum
    CHA CHING! is right. My husband calculated (based on the total cost for coop material used) that if each chicken (4) produces three eggs a week, each egg will cost us about $234. Geez! Our chickens haven't been delivered yet and he's already doing the numbers! LoL.
    Anyway, you have a very nice coop. Thanks for sharing the October update with everyone. I hope you and the chickens are all well.
  14. chicksbunsdog
    Your coop is adorable and the birds are beautiful! I like the idea of adding tap lights to the coop. We won't have electricity in our coop so I may have to borrow your idea and add a light or two. I was also wondering if you buried the hardware cloth around the base of your coop and run. Your "soil" looks like it's mostly rock and I would think burying it would be an impossible task. We're thinking we'll probably just skirt the hardware cloth out 18-24" to keep predators out.
  15. jchny2000
    Lovely coop and beautiful girls, well done!
  16. tamdeva
    Very nice! Good job. Girls are beauties too.
  17. LeslieDJoyce
    Well done! Your coop looks very good, your hens are beautiful, and so is your smile!
  18. kimtimp
    What an awesome coop! I love it.
  19. Macro
    This is amazing! Awesome chicken house!! Your girls look like they love you very much. :D
  20. judyki2004
    Lovely coop ! Your 3 girls are gorgeous! ...and I strongly agree with this comment: :
    "mynamesjenelle Today at 2:18 pmFlagGreat coop, what happy hens! You should get a picture frame that says "spending some quality time with the girls" and put that picture of you and the hens in it"
  21. Twisted-Rooster
    Nice coop...Just the right size for a trio!!!
  22. Hawkeye95
    beautiful! Congrats on POW! :)
  23. mynamesjenelle
    Great coop, what happy hens! You should get a picture frame that says "spending some quality time with the girls" and put that picture of you and the hens in it
  24. Missa Chickabee
    What a lovely job you've done. People spend a lot of money on their "hobbies". I will never get back in eggs or 'otherwise' what we have put into our coop and run....and it doesn't matter to me...even tho money is an issue for us. My Buff Orpies are worth it! You've chosen the sweetest type of chicken! And you've said it: people who don't have chickens just don't 'get it". :)
  25. CrazyChiknLady2
    What a great coop,quite the labor of love.Totally worth it!
  26. Trace349
    I love the picture of you sitting in the coop with one of your girls sitting on your shoulder. I feel the same way about my girls.
  27. kellysmall87
    Thanks for sharing. Great job. And beautiful girls x
  28. BYC Project Manager
    Congratulations, we've chosen one of your pics for the CC-POW. Thanks for posting your coop design & pictures to our "Chicken Coops" pages! You can find more info about the CC-POW here: CC-POW Process
  29. chicagochick
    super cute! nicely done
  30. En Plein Air Farms
    Oh well done!! Your girls are gorgeous, thank you for sharing!

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